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About Ashley
Ashley is an award-winning journalist and audio producer based in Ukraine. 

An experienced reporter, editor and producer (field & studio), she has more than a decade of journalism experience and has previously worked for Voice of America and NPR in Washington, D.C. Since becoming a freelance journalist in 2021, her bylines can be found at NPR, PRX's The World, Voice of America and BBC World News. She was also the lead field producer for "Ukraine Stories" by Fearless Media, a 20-episode podcast launched on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Amazon. 

Ashley currently lives in Ukraine and focuses her reporting on the on-going Russia-Ukrainian conflict. 

Previously she lived in Manila, Philippines, and focused on Southeast Asia and Pacific news and issues, and has reported on everything from the toppling of governments in Malaysia and endangered pachyderms in Laos to islamists in the Philippines and pearl farms in French Polynesia. She closely followed U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific, developments in the Rohingya refugee crisis and has produced in-depth reporting on China's Belt and Road initiatives around the world.

Please see her full body of works at ashleywesterman.com or on twitter @_aswesterman
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Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  www.kuow.org
A dam under construction in the Philippines aims to address a looming water shortage, a situation worsened by climate change. The project has sparked controversy and underscores the fragmented discourse on development within the country.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  wvpe.org
In the Philippines, the Kaliwa Dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address Manila's looming water shortage, worsened by climate change. The dam faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat people, including Maria Clara Dullas, who fear the loss of their homes and sacred lands. Delfin Sespene of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System cites population growth and El Nino as contributing factors to the water crisis. Critics like Angelo Kairos Torres Dela Cruz and Brian Eyler argue that while dams can be part of the solution, they should not infringe on Indigenous rights or contribute to environmental degradation. The national government has offered compensation for relocation, but the Dumagat community is resistant, prioritizing their ancestral land over monetary benefits.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  kccu.org
An impending water shortage in Manila, Philippines, exacerbated by climate change, has led to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam in the Sierra Madre mountains. The dam, which began construction last year, is controversial due to its potential to submerge the village of Daraitan and destroy sacred lands of the Indigenous Dumagat people. Maria Clara Dullas, president of Dumagat Women of Sierra Madre, expresses the community's opposition to the dam, which is financed by China. Experts highlight the dam's role in climate adaptation but caution against overlooking Indigenous rights and environmental degradation. The national government has offered compensation for relocation, but the Dumagat people prioritize their land over monetary benefits.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  knba.org
Metro Manila faces a severe water shortage due to population growth, climate change, and potential poor planning. The Philippine government has begun constructing the Kaliwa Dam on the Agos River to address this issue. However, the dam threatens the village of Daraitan and its Indigenous Dumagat population, who rely on the river and land for their livelihood. The dam's construction has sparked debate over its effectiveness as a climate change solution and its impact on Indigenous rights and environmental degradation. While officials argue the dam is necessary to meet the increasing water demand, critics highlight the potential negative consequences, including displacement of communities and environmental harm.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  southcarolinapublicradio.org
Daraitan, a village in the Philippines, is at risk of being submerged due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, intended to address Metro Manila's water shortage. The Indigenous Dumagat community, led by Maria Clara Dullas, opposes the dam, which threatens their ancestral lands. The dam, part of a larger water supply project, is seen as necessary by officials like Delfin Sespene of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System to meet the increasing water demand due to population growth and the effects of climate change, including El Niño. Experts acknowledge the potential benefits of the dam but also highlight the downsides, such as environmental degradation and displacement of communities. The conversation around climate change adaptation and development in the Philippines remains disjointed, with Indigenous communities like the Dumagat feeling excluded from the decision-making process.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  wlrn.org
Daraitan, a village in the Philippines, is threatened by the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, which aims to address the looming water shortage in Metro Manila. Indigenous Dumagat people, including Maria Clara Dullas, oppose the dam as it would submerge their ancestral lands. The dam, proposed in 2012 and begun in 2022 with a loan from China, is seen as a response to population growth and climate change, particularly the anticipated effects of El Niño. Critics argue that while dams can provide solutions, they should not come at the expense of Indigenous rights or environmental degradation. The Philippine government has offered compensation for relocation, but the Dumagat people prioritize their ancestral land over the benefits of the dam.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  wqln.org
The Kaliwa Dam, under construction in the Sierra Madre mountains near Manila, Philippines, aims to address the capital's looming water shortage, worsened by climate change. The dam faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat people, including Maria Clara Dullas, who fear the loss of their homes and sacred lands. While the dam is seen as a potential solution to water scarcity and a renewable energy source, it also poses environmental risks, such as greenhouse gas emissions and altered water flow. The project's financing by China and the national government's offer to relocate the Dumagat people have sparked further controversy. Experts like Delfin Sespene of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System acknowledge the region's population growth and climate events like El Nino as contributing factors to the water crisis. Angelo Kairos Torres Dela Cruz from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and Brian Eyler from the Stimson Center's Southeast Asia Program suggest that while dams can be part of the solution, they should not come at the expense of other critical issues.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  wjsu.org
An impending water shortage in Manila, Philippines, exacerbated by climate change, has led to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam in the Sierra Madre mountains. The dam, which began construction last year, is controversial due to its potential to submerge the village of Daraitan and destroy sacred lands of the Indigenous Dumagat people. Maria Clara Dullas, president of Dumagat Women of Sierra Madre, expresses the community's opposition to the dam, despite the government's offer to relocate them. Experts highlight the dam's role in climate adaptation but also its potential contribution to climate change and other environmental issues. The conversation in the Philippines is disjointed, focusing on the dam's cost and Chinese financing rather than integrating climate change adaptation into development plans.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  lakeshorepublicmedia.org
An impending water shortage in Manila, Philippines, exacerbated by climate change, has led to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam in the Sierra Madre mountains. The dam, which began construction last year, is intended to alleviate the capital's water crisis but faces controversy over its impact on Indigenous Dumagat people and the environment. Maria Clara Dullas, president of Dumagat Women of Sierra Madre, expresses the community's opposition, fearing submersion of their village and destruction of sacred lands. Experts acknowledge the dam's potential role in addressing water scarcity but caution against overlooking Indigenous rights and environmental degradation. The dam's financing by China and the national government's offer to relocate the village for over $1.4 million are also points of contention.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  www.wrur.org
An impending water shortage in Manila, Philippines, exacerbated by climate change, has led to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam in the Sierra Madre mountains. The dam, which began construction last year, is controversial due to its potential to submerge the village of Daraitan and destroy sacred Indigenous lands. Maria Clara Dullas, president of Dumagat Women of Sierra Madre, expresses the community's opposition, emphasizing their connection to the land. The dam is seen as a necessary measure to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, with climate change and population growth being contributing factors. However, experts warn that dams can also contribute to climate change and are not a comprehensive solution. The national government has offered compensation for relocation, but the community prioritizes the preservation of their land.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  KCLU
The Kaliwa Dam, under construction in the Sierra Madre mountains near Manila, Philippines, aims to address the capital's looming water shortage, worsened by climate change. However, the project faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat people, who fear the loss of their homes and sacred lands. The dam's environmental impact and its financing by China have also sparked debate. While the government has offered compensation for relocation, the Dumagat community prioritizes the preservation of their land over monetary benefits.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  Maine Public
Metro Manila faces a water shortage due to population growth, climate change, and potential poor planning. The Philippine government has begun constructing the Kaliwa Dam on the Agos River to address this issue. However, the dam threatens the village of Daraitan and its Indigenous Dumagat community, who oppose the project fearing the loss of their ancestral lands. The dam, part of a larger water supply project, is expected to be completed by 2027. While dams are seen as a solution to drought and renewable energy, they also have downsides, including contributing to climate change and increasing flood risks. The conversation in the Philippines acknowledges climate change but lacks consensus on adaptation strategies, with Indigenous communities feeling excluded from development discussions.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.aspenpublicradio.org
Daraitan, a village in the Philippines, is at risk of submersion due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, intended to address Metro Manila's impending water shortage. The dam, proposed in 2012 and begun in 2022 with Chinese funding, is seen as necessary to meet the growing water demand exacerbated by population growth and climate change. However, it faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the loss of their ancestral lands and sacred sites. Experts highlight the complex impacts of dams on climate change, including potential contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and altered water cycles. The Philippine government has offered compensation for relocation, but the Dumagat people prioritize their claim to the land over the benefits of the dam.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.waer.org
The village of Daraitan in the Philippines, home to the Indigenous Dumagat people, is at risk of being submerged due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, intended to address the looming water shortage in Metro Manila. The dam, part of a larger water supply project, began construction in 2022 after securing a loan from China. While officials argue the dam is necessary to meet the increasing water demand due to population growth and to prepare for intensified El Niño events exacerbated by climate change, critics highlight the potential environmental impact and the violation of Indigenous peoples' rights. The national government has offered compensation for relocation, but the Dumagat community, led by Maria Clara Dullas, opposes the project, wishing to preserve their ancestral lands.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.kbbi.org
The village of Daraitan in the Philippines faces submersion due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, a project aimed at addressing the water shortage in Metro Manila. The dam, part of a long-term plan, has sparked controversy over its impact on indigenous communities and environmental concerns. While officials argue the dam is necessary to meet the growing water demand exacerbated by climate change, critics highlight the potential destruction of ancestral lands and sacred sites. The debate underscores the broader challenges of climate adaptation in vulnerable regions, where solutions often create winners and losers.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  WYPR
The village of Daraitan in the Sierra Madre, home to the Indigenous Dumagat people, faces submersion due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, intended to address a looming water shortage in Metro Manila. The dam, part of a long-term water supply project, has sparked controversy over its environmental impact and the displacement of local communities. While officials argue the dam is necessary to meet the growing water demand exacerbated by climate change and population growth, critics highlight the potential harm to indigenous rights and the environment. The debate underscores broader challenges in climate adaptation and resource management in vulnerable regions like the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  ktep.org
In the Philippines, the Kaliwa Dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address Manila's looming water shortage, worsened by climate change. The dam, however, threatens to submerge the village of Daraitan and its Indigenous Dumagat population, sparking controversy. Maria Clara Dullas, leader of Dumagat Women of Sierra Madre, opposes the dam for its potential to destroy their land and sacred sites. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System cites population growth and El Nino as factors in the water crisis. Experts like Angelo Kairos Torres Dela Cruz and Brian Eyler question the dam's role as a climate solution, noting the environmental and social issues it raises. The national government has offered compensation for relocation, but the Dumagat people prioritize their ancestral land over monetary benefits.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  WMRA and WEMC
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the dam will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight the environmental and social costs, including potential contributions to climate change and the displacement of local communities. The debate underscores the complex challenges of climate adaptation and development in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  radio.wcmu.org
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the dam will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight the environmental and social costs. The debate underscores the broader challenges of climate adaptation and development in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  www.hppr.org
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the dam will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight the environmental and social costs. The debate underscores the challenges of balancing development and climate adaptation in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  New England Public Media
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the dam will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight the environmental and social costs, including potential contributions to climate change and the displacement of local communities. The debate underscores the complex challenges of climate adaptation and development in the Philippines.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.nhpr.org
The Philippines' capital, Manila, faces a severe water shortage due to population growth, climate change, and poor planning. The government is constructing the Kaliwa Dam to address this issue, but it threatens the Indigenous Dumagat community in Daraitan. The dam's construction, funded by a Chinese loan, has sparked controversy over its environmental impact and the displacement of local communities. Experts argue that while the dam could help alleviate water shortages, it is not a comprehensive solution and raises concerns about Indigenous rights and environmental degradation.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  NPR Illinois
The article discusses the severe water shortage facing Metro Manila, driven by population growth, climate change, and poor planning. The Philippine government is constructing the Kaliwa Dam to address this issue, but the project faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear displacement and environmental degradation. Experts highlight the complexities of using dams as climate change solutions, noting potential negative impacts and the need for inclusive, nuanced discussions. The article underscores the broader challenges of climate adaptation in vulnerable regions like the Philippines.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  WGVU NEWS
The article discusses the looming water shortage in Metro Manila and the controversial construction of the Kaliwa Dam on the Agos River. While the dam is intended to address the water crisis exacerbated by climate change and population growth, it threatens to submerge the village of Daraitan and displace the Indigenous Dumagat people. The project has sparked debates on climate adaptation, indigenous rights, and the environmental impact of dams. Despite opposition from local communities and concerns about the dam's efficacy, the Philippine government is moving forward with construction, highlighting the complex trade-offs in climate change solutions.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.wrur.org
The village of Daraitan in the Sierra Madre, home to the Indigenous Dumagat people, faces submersion due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, intended to address a looming water shortage in Metro Manila. The dam, part of a long-term water supply project, has sparked controversy over its environmental impact and the displacement of local communities. While officials argue the dam is necessary to meet the growing water demand exacerbated by climate change and population growth, critics highlight the potential harm to indigenous rights and the environment. The debate underscores broader global challenges in balancing climate adaptation with equitable development.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.wskg.org
The village of Daraitan in the Sierra Madre, home to the Indigenous Dumagat people, faces submersion due to the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, intended to address a looming water shortage in Metro Manila. The dam, part of a long-term water supply project, has sparked controversy over its environmental impact and the displacement of local communities. While officials argue the dam is necessary to meet the growing water demand exacerbated by climate change and population growth, critics highlight the potential harm to indigenous rights and environmental degradation. The debate underscores the complex challenges of climate adaptation in vulnerable regions like the Philippines.

The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

06 Oct 2023  |  www.upr.org
The article discusses the severe water shortage facing Metro Manila and the controversial construction of the Kaliwa Dam on the Agos River. Indigenous communities, particularly the Dumagat people, oppose the dam due to its potential to submerge their ancestral lands. The Philippine government argues the dam is essential to meet the growing water demand exacerbated by climate change and population growth. Experts highlight the complexities and potential downsides of dam construction, including environmental impacts and the need for inclusive decision-making. The debate reflects broader global challenges in adapting to climate change while balancing development and indigenous rights.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  KUCB
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear it will destroy their village and sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight its potential environmental and social costs. The debate underscores the broader challenges of balancing development and climate adaptation in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  radio.kttz.org
In the Philippines, a new dam in the Sierra Madre mountains aims to address a water shortage in Manila exacerbated by climate change. However, the project faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear displacement and the destruction of sacred lands. Experts highlight the dam's potential environmental impacts and question its long-term efficacy. The debate underscores broader challenges in balancing development and climate adaptation in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  www.kbbi.org
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the dam will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While the dam is seen as a solution to the water crisis, experts argue it could also contribute to climate change and environmental degradation. The project is further complicated by its financing from China, highlighting broader issues in the Philippines' development and climate adaptation strategies.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  KGOU
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear it will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight its potential environmental impacts and the exclusion of local communities from decision-making. The debate underscores the complex challenges of climate adaptation and development in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  www.kdll.org
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear the dam will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight the environmental and social costs. The debate underscores the challenges of balancing development and climate adaptation in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  WMUK
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear it will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, experts caution that it is not a comprehensive solution and may have adverse environmental impacts. The debate highlights the broader challenges of balancing development and climate adaptation in the Philippines.

Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

06 Oct 2023  |  Montana Public Radio
In the Philippines, a large dam is being constructed in the Sierra Madre mountains to address an impending water shortage in Manila, exacerbated by climate change. The project, however, faces opposition from the Indigenous Dumagat community, who fear it will submerge their village and destroy sacred lands. While officials argue the dam is necessary to prevent a water crisis affecting over 13 million people, critics highlight its potential environmental impacts and the exclusion of local communities from decision-making. The debate underscores the complexities of climate adaptation and development in the Philippines.
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